2016 Invited Speakers Nominations

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Nominations for invited speakers/keynotes for Code4Lib 2016 in Philadelphia. Please include a description and any relevant links and try to keep the list in alphabetical order.

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== Nominee's Name ==

Description of no more than 250 words.

[[Link(s) with contact information for nominee]]

danah boyd

dana boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder of Data & Society Research Institute. She's also a Visiting Professor at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program and a faculty affiliate at Harvard's Berkman Center. For over a decade, her research focused on how young people use social media, which resulted in two books: Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out (2009) and It's Complicated (2014). More recently, she has focused on the social and cultural dimensions of big data, especially privacy and publicity, data(mis)interpretation, and the civil rights implications of data analytics. She often works closely with librarians, and was the keynote speaker at the Reference and User Services Association President’s Program at ALA Annual in San Francisco in 2015.

blog Twitter Essays

Mandy Brown

Mandy Brown builds systems to help writers and editors to work together. She co-founded and served as CEO of Editorially, a platform for collaborative writing and editing; Editorially was acquired by Vox Media where she is now director of platform. She is also co-founder and was editor-in-chief of A Book Apart, was a contributing editor for A List Apart, and edited many books, including The Shape of Design, by Frank Chimero. She previously served as communications director and product lead at Typekit and as creative director at W. W. Norton & Company. She blogs at A Working Library and has spoken at dConstruct, Build, Confab, TYPO SF, and Beyond Tellerrand . Additionally, she mentors and advises people from underrepresented groups in the tech industry. She lives in Philadelphia.

Maciej Cegłowski

Maciej Cegłowski, is a programmer, painter, essayist, travel writer, and speaker. He has been running Pinboard, a bookmarking site, since 2009. He has worked at Yahoo!, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education, and has done contract work for Twitter and SixApart. He's funny on Twitter, whether he's representing himself or his company, Pinboard.

Paul Ford

Paul Ford is a Brooklyn-based writer and web technologist. He often writes about the web, archives programming, the nature of information, and living in the information age. Past projects include tilde.club and the semantic web-ified harpers.org (back in 2003). His ~30,00-word article What Is Code? was the entire June 11, 2015 issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

Website Twitter His talk at XOXO 2014 An interview, along with Gina Trapani, at In the Library with the Lead Pipe

Amelia Greenhall

Amelia Greenhall is the Chief Creative Officer of Magic Vibes Corporation. Previously, she cofounded and served as Executive Director and board chair of Double Union, a non-profit feminist hacker/maker space in San Francisco with the mission of being a safe and comfortable space for women to work on their projects. She also cofounded the publication Model View Culture, and designed things for companies including FutureAdvisor and Habit Labs. She is the publisher of the Open Review Quarterly literary journal, and the entries at her personal blog are usually made available as episodes of Amelia Explains It All, a "podcast for men in tech."

Alison Macrina

Alison Macrina is the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project (LFP), an initiative that helps libraries fulfill the the promise of intellectual freedom by teaching librarians and their local communities about surveillance threats, privacy rights and law, and privacy-protecting technology tools that help safeguard digital freedoms. She is passionate about connecting surveillance issues to larger global struggles for justice, demystifying privacy and security technologies for ordinary users, and resisting an internet controlled by a handful of intelligence agencies and multinational corporations. She cowrote the Radical Reference Collective’s zine, "We Are All Suspects," which gives advice and tools for preventing surveillance, and has written or co-written articles for Boing Boing and Slate. LFP has been featured in numerous prominent publications, including The Nation magazine and NPR's On the Media, and LFP's partners include the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and the Tor Project.

In February 2015, LFP won a ~$250,000 two-year grant through the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge, which enabled her to work on LFP full-time. Prior to that, she was the technology librarian/IT manager at the Watertown (Massachusetts) Free Public Library.

Lauren Pressley

Lauren Pressley became the University of Washington Tacoma Library Director and Associate Dean of University Libraries on September 15, 2015. Her professional interests include formal and informal learning, design in library services, the evolving information environment, organizational change, and the future of libraries. She is the author of So You Want to Be a Librarian and Wikis for Libraries, a co-chair of Library Pipeline, and holds an elected position on the American Library Association Council. She has also served on the Library Information Technology Association board of directors and the Horizon Project advisory board.

Prior to joining UW, she was the Director of Learning Environments and Associate Professor at Virginia Tech University Libraries, where she led a team of thirty people who were responsible for enhancing situated learning by connecting services and spaces, including Reference, Circulation, Roving Services, Learning Spaces, Online Learning, academic programming, and community engagement. Several dozen of her presentations are posted online.

Jenica Rogers

Jenica Rogers is Director of Libraries at the State University of New York at Potsdam. Her current professional interests include interrogating the ways our information economy is breaking down and reforming now that the internet changed everything, figuring out what the role of a library is in a reality in which warehousing books is sort of passé, and informing, mentoring, and supporting new library professionals as they hit the real world face first and at full speed. She has written at length about library issues on her blog, Attempting Elegance, represented SUNY Potsdam as the subject of an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about journal prices, and has given numerous invited keynote speeches at library conferences around the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2014, she was chosen to receive the American Library Association’s ALCTS HARRASSOWITZ Award for Leadership in Library Acquisitions.

To get a sense of her presentation style, watch her deliver the plenary speech at the 2013 Charleston Conference (in which she discusses her refusal to pay the extortionate fees being charged by a professional association for its journals) as well as the Vision speech at NASIG's 2014 Annual Conference.

Jenn Schiffer

Jenn Schiffer (Twitter), aka jennmoneydollars, is an open web engineer at Bocoup and lives in New Jersey (a relatively easy commute from Philadelphia). She's good at making art with code and great at telling jokes. She was previously a senior front-end developer for the National Basketball Association and, before that, taught and evaluated computer science education at Montclair State University, her alma mater (BS and MS in Computer Science). She also organizes JerseyScript, a developer meetup based in New Jersey, which is just one of several ways she's working to attract and retain more people in the web development community. She's made a lot of recent podcast appearances and presentations at conferences.

Gabriel Weinberg

Gabriel Weinberg is the CEO and Founder of DuckDuckGo, "the search engine that doesn't track you," and the co-author of [ Traction], "the book that helps startups get customers." He is also an active [ angel investor], and he lives and works in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Twitter Medium Interview, along with Pete Bell, at In the Library with the Lead Pipe Speech at Gel 2013 Appearance on Conversations with Great Minds

Kam Woods

Research Associate & Adjunct Faculty at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kam is currently developing modified open source digital forensics tools for digital archivists. He works with archivists, librarians, forensics researchers, and other development groups to identify core needs in analyzing and preparing digital content for preservation -- specifically needs that can be addressed using existing high-performance forensic technologies (with a little tweaking). He is also interested in developing datasets and teaching technologies to support education and professional training in digital archiving. He gave a great talk at 2014 ALA & I'll bet would have some great tech & social insights for Code4Lib. Kam Woods

Audrey Watters

Audrey Watters is an education writer with a focus on ed-tech. She is the author of The Monsters of Education Technology, a collection of her lectures and she is currently working on two more books, Teaching Machines and [Claim Your Domain http://reclaim.hackeducation.com/], both due out in 2015. According to her upcoming talks page she could be available to share her insights with code4lib.

David Weinberger

David Weinberger, PhD, is one of the world's most respected thought leaders at the intersection of technology, business, and society. He is the author of Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder, which charts how as business, politics, science, and media move online, the rules of the physical world—in which everything has a place—are upended, and the critically acclaimed book Small Pieces Loosely Joined, a highly original and accessible reflection on the impact of the Internet on human behavior. He holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto and taught philosophy for five years at New Jersey's Stockton State College. Since 2004, he has been a fellow at Harvard University's prestigious Berkman Center, gag writer for Woody Allen, NPR commentator for "All Things Considered" and "Here and Now," technology columnist for KMWorld and Darwin Magazine, blogging pioneer, and dot-com entrepreneur.

this seems to be how to book him; here's his Twitter; and his blog

Ed Summers

"Ed Summers is Lead Developer at MITH. Ed has been working for two decades helping bridge the worlds of libraries and archives with the World Wide Web. During that time Ed has worked in academia, start-ups, corporations and the government. He is interested in the role of open source software, community development and open access to enable digital curation. Ed has a MS in Library and Information Science and a BA in English and American Literature from Rutgers University." Aside from the ever-entertaining Congressedits, Ed has been doing a lot of interesting data manipulation and visualization of Twitter (and possibly other social media), representing an interesting approach to "archiving the NOW." He's ehs at pobox.com.